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Old 03-28-2013, 05:13 AM
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I've had this kit for awhile now, but only recently added a second bass drum to the lot... Thought I'd snap a few pics for the fun of it. This is a Yamaha Oak Custom kit in York Honey Amber finish. The sound is incredible. I've been through a few kits in too short a time than I'd care to admit, but I ended up back with Oak for a bigger kit. Sizes are:
8x7 (not pictured)
10x8
12x9
14x14
16x16
22x17 x2
Pretty basic sizes. I like the slightly shorter bass drums (16" deep would have been ideal), and I love square size floor toms. I got the main kit through Guitar Center (used) and picked up the second bass drum used on ebay (for a steal). I've gotta say, I love Yamaha's construction both in drums and hardware. I love the bass drum legs, the tom mounts, the single point lugs, and the fact that I have two toms and two cymbals mounted on one stand. The only additions were the floor tom leg wing screws and Pearl suspension tom feet (would recommend these on any kit). This is how I usually set up:
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The snare is a Sonor Danny Carey Signature snare (also from ebay). I added Sonor die cast hoops later (the beefiest die cast hoops I've ever seen!). DC is a big influence, but having a 14x8 bronze snare for the price I got it is well worth it (however, weight is about 20-25 lbs)... Incredible sound from this snare. A before and two after pics:
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:23 AM
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Worth mentioning (before anyone else does) is my violation of the number one rule in photography: reflections of lawn mowers...
Here is another set up I've been playing around with lately... I love the single rack, double bass idea, with aux. hi hat option. 24" ride is used more as a crash ride in this configuration. A bit of a Tomas Haake influence here:
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Here is how I would set up for a quick gig (when I'm feeling lazy):
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Cymbals are all Paiste:
14" Signature Sound Edge Hi Hats
20" 2oo2 Novo China
18" Signature Full Crash
18" Signature Mellow Crash
21" Signature Dry Heavy Ride
20" Twenty China
20" Signature Full Crash
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15" 2oo2 Sound Edge Hi Hats
20" Giant Beat Multi
24" Giant Beat Multi
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:49 AM
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Beautiful drums man. I love the Yamaha Oak drums - the one kit I demoed at a Guitar Center years ago was top notch and reminds me of solid bubinga (I had a Tama Starclassic bubinga elite kit). I take it you gig alot with two bass drums?
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:06 AM
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Beautiful!

I sincerely hope you play that outside too. I'm sure the neighbors will get distracted from their noise complaints by that killer finish!
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:15 AM
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Beautiful drums man. I love the Yamaha Oak drums - the one kit I demoed at a Guitar Center years ago was top notch and reminds me of solid bubinga (I had a Tama Starclassic bubinga elite kit). I take it you gig alot with two bass drums?
Thanks man. Do I gig with two bass drums a lot? Usually, but not always. Depends on the gig... Sometimes I'm feeling lazy or don't need a second bass. I have to stay consistent with my P90X program to haul the gear when I do though! Sometimes the Bonham kit goes out too.
Almost forgot... This will probably make more sense to you:
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Beautiful!

I sincerely hope you play that outside too. I'm sure the neighbors will get distracted from their noise complaints by that killer finish!
Thank you. Unfortunately, no. In fact, I wanted to snap pics and get them back inside as soon as possible! I always feel like I'm pushing the limits by playing in doors as it is. But I wish...
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Thanks man. Do I gig with two bass drums a lot? Usually, but not always. Depends on the gig... Sometimes I'm feeling lazy or don't need a second bass. I have to stay consistent with my P90X program to haul the gear when I do though! Sometimes the Bonham kit goes out too.
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Thank you. Unfortunately, no. In fact, I wanted to snap pics and get them back inside as soon as possible! I always feel like I'm pushing the limits by playing in doors as it is. But I wish...
Thanks! That makes me feel more at home!
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:51 AM
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lovely kit man. I love the finish and I love your hardware management. Especially the centre stand with the two toms and cymbals coming from it in perfect symetry, with the two kicks perfectly on the side. Makes my heart jump a little :D.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:02 AM
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That's one beauty of a kit. I see you have some of those inexpensive Paistes. Ha Ha. I've got 1 Sig. 18 full crash. I'm thinking about another but they're pretty pricey. Very nice pics. I enjoy looking at other peoples kits. Thanks for posting.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:34 PM
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Gorgeous kit man! Lovin' the Haake setup.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:11 PM
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Great looking kit, love the oak drums. Great sound. Have fun with them.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:17 PM
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Wonderful! I do love to see a double bass kit ready to rock! Looks very cool with the single mounted tom too. Great finish, great setup - one sexy kit right there!
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:23 PM
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Absolutely gorgeous looking kit, the configs bring back memories too :)

I love the double bass with the single rack tom a la Louie Bellson, I feel I could seat and play it, wonderful...
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Man those are gorgeoulicious. Love the oak finish. Do you have any better pictues of the mower? Just proof that you also do the domestic chores. And a great gesture to set them up for Bo's perspective. They even look good to me in the southpaw arrangement.
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Yes those are stunning. The drums and photo and surrounding nature makes me want to visit Chattanooga in person. Choo choo!
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Man those are gorgeoulicious. Love the oak finish. Do you have any better pictues of the mower? Just proof that you also do the domestic chores.
Haha, it's nothing special, but you can bet I take care of my chores! The secret to a good marriage...

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Yes those are stunning. The drums and photo and surrounding nature makes me want to visit Chattanooga in person. Choo choo!
Go for it, it's nice here. You can even have a go at the drums.
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That looks great!


As a DC fan for 100% of my drumming life, I know the allure in setting up my kit like his. Your tom mount and duel boom stand is perfect. Send me a link for that piece of hardware if you don't mind!

Have you tried raising and inverting your ride even more like his?

How is the snare?
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Sweet drums, really sweet photos!
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Very nice lad. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Beautiful kit! I too love the symmetry with the hardware and drums. Real classy!
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As a DC fan for 100% of my drumming life, I know the allure in setting up my kit like his. Your tom mount and duel boom stand is perfect. Send me a link for that piece of hardware if you don't mind!
Judging from the pictures, he has two of these- one holding the two cymbal booms and the pipe for the other one, which holds the tom.
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The slave hats on the right side kinda makes up for the left hats being so far away in a double bass setup, but I still think I wouldn't like reaching for them. Tomas Haake only uses the left hats with the pedal, so he said in an interview.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:54 PM
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Lovely kit you have there Adam, the Amber finish looks pukka too!
Have you experimented with heads on the Oaks at all as you have had them for a while?
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Beautiful, with lot's of versatility on set up configurations (number of drums and different sizes). And I've always been a fan of the 1 up, 2 down with double bass.
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Send me a link for that piece of hardware if you don't mind!

Have you tried raising and inverting your ride even more like his?

How is the snare?
Thanks and good to see some DC appreciation/attention to detail. The tom/cymbal stand is a combination of these three things:
Yamaha WS904A Heavy Weight Double-Braced Tom Tom Stand
Yamaha CH755 Medium Boom Arm
Yamaha TH945B 3-Hole Tom Holder w/ (2) CL945B Clamps for YESS Mount
I got the stand designed for floor toms, because I knew I wouldn't need to go very high with it, as you see with the extra extension on other Yamaha tom stands. The 3-hole tom holder w/ the two clamps already came with the bass drum, but I included them in case you need that part too.

I've tried the ride like he does for fun, but it wasn't really for me. I much prefer a Matt Cameron ride position, especially if I ever use more of a crash/ride... Just my comfort zone. I found placing it that high bothered my shoulder joint after a while of playing. When I tried it, I did like the option of having room for other toms or cymbals though.

The snare is a gentle giant. It's definitely a monster when I need it to be, but also a very sensitive, articulate snare. I was surprised at the warmth of the Bronze shell. This snare also destroyed the here-say that seems to surround 8" deep snares as well. I see it also when people talk about going from 5" to 6.5". This is a real solid snare. There is no difficulty in tuning or focusing the sound... But I like a lot of body with my snare sound. With the die cast hoops, it helps tone down the overtones a little, but more so adds even more crack. I'm also enjoying Evans coated reverse dot heads on it.

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Lovely kit you have there Adam, the Amber finish looks pukka too!
Have you experimented with heads on the Oaks at all as you have had them for a while?
Thanks John, kudos on your kit as well.... I wish I had a 13" in my setup! I've only tried what came on them (clear ambassadors) and the current heads, smooth white emperors. A very thin, generic single ply batter came on the second bass drum... So, I wouldn't recommend that unless you're going for an awful sound haha. I feel at home with Powerstroke 3's with this kit.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:23 PM
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Thanks Adam, these Oak customs are great aren't they!
How are the toms with the White Emperors? I was going to try the the vintage Emperor on mine but haven't got that far yet, so far i have tried G2's and Pinstripes and have put Ambassador reso's on the 4 rack toms.
You mention the 13" tom, it took a while to dial it in but it now sounds like a 14 floor! BIG sounding drum that one, though they all are!
So now you have lived with it for a while and obviously like the kit to have added a second bass drum, how do you rate it against say, your previous kit's or others you may find similar at all?
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I was so fixated on the setup I forgot to say I love it. I've seen a red lacquered oak custom in the flesh and it blew me away, seriously beautiful drums.

What other kits had you been through previously?
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Beautiful drums.

And I really like the clever use of the tom/cymbal mounting hardware - nice and symmetrical.
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I was so fixated on the setup I forgot to say I love it. I've seen a red lacquered oak custom in the flesh and it blew me away, seriously beautiful drums.

What other kits had you been through previously?
In the past, I've owned 2 PDP's (one maple, one birch), a DW Collectors, Gretsch Renown Purewood Oak, a Keller shell custom maple and now this one. I do still own a Ludwig CM in Bonham sizes, and I love that for what it is (in other words, would never sell unless I had to). For a "bigger" kit, I love the power of Oak. As Bo mentioned, Oak shares many similarities with Bubinga. I won't knock the other companies, but I will say that the other maple kits just didn't have the power, shell resonance and low end that you find in the Oak Custom. The Gretsch kit had the same power, but the Yamahas definitely tune down much lower, not to mention I love the single-point lug, and mounting method a lot more. Another downside with the Gretsch was the inability to buy add-on drums.
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